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Burren Food Fayre
The Burren Food Fayre Shines the light on
Wild Atlantic Food– 28th & 29th October 2017
The Pavaillion, Lisdoonvarna, Co.Clare Download Burren Food Fayre Program
October Bank Holiday Weekend will see the 6th Annual Year of the Burren Food Fayre. This food themed weekend #WildAtlanticFood encompasses a Foraging Walk with Oonagh O’Dwyer of Wild Kitchen, screening of an eco film Atlantic, food stalls and chef demonstrations. It is an opportunity for local producers to showcase their range of local produce from the Burren region.
Each year on the October Bank Holiday weekend The Burren Food Fayre plays a part in the festivities for the Winterage Festival, which is celebrated in the towns and villages of the Burren. This harvest celebration , at the end of the growing season, emphasises the unique way of farming on the limestone land, culminating in a cattle drive to the uplands.
Six years ago, the Burren Beo organisation instigated this idea of drawing in the communities of the Burren area to make a collective impact. They asked all the towns and villages to choose a theme that would reflect their community. So Lisdoonvarna selected the theme of ‘Food’ and the Conservation Advocacy subgroup of the Burren Ecotourism Network developed this theme into the Food Fayre based in the Pavilion. Six years on we have developed and added to the format of the Burren Food Fayre so that it now spans two days and attracts both locals and tourists. This becomes the second major Food festival in the Burren bookending the foodie season in the area at the other end of the season from the Burren Slow Food festival in May
The Fayre will Open @ 7pm on Saturday 28th October 2017 with the screening of Atlantic followed by Q&A with Director Richard O’Donnell, Sunday the 29th October will start at 11am with a Wild Atlantic Food from the Hedgerows Foraging Walk with Oonagh O’Dwyer of Wild Kitchen followed by the official opening of the Fayre at 12.45 by Richard O’Donnell, Wild Atlantic Food Market with Stalls of Local Produce and Tastings throughout the day, cooking Demos by Chef, Author & Photographer Michael O’Meara “Sea Gastronomy“,” How to preserve food by smoking and curing” by Birgitta Curtin from The Burren Smokehouse, “5 Ways with Seaweed – A Local, Sustainable Wild Atlantic Food” by Oonagh O’Dwyer – Wild Kitchen and “How to ferment foods to increase their nutritive value” by Colette McMahon from The Food Academy.
The Fayre will close at 5pm after the Awards and raffle announcements until the next year.
Michael O’Meara, co-author of Oyster Gastronomy with Máirín Uí Chomáin (Artisan House 2017) and chef/patron of Oscar’s Seafood Bistro will be doing a cooking Demo at this years fayre: “I love when I see an order come in to the kitchen for a dozen oysters – to me they are the real seafood lover’s choice. Oysters are the most sustainable of all foods – they require only pristine water conditions to thrive; no additives, no chemicals’ and are so incredibly healthy”.
For further information about the Fayre:
Contact Raquel Noboa on firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: The Pavilion (Town Hall) Lisdoonvarna. Free to enter.
This event is organised by the Burren Ecotourism Network and Burren Food Trail in conjunction with Burren Beo Winterage Festival (Wintergae Festival)
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